[Periodic table of the elements]

Geochemistry

San Francisco State University
Dr. Mary Leech

Tel: 415-338-1144
Office hours: T 11:00-12:00, W 10:00-11:00, Thornton Hall 515

E-mail: leech "at" sfsu.edu





[Course materials]... [Lecture slides and In-class exercises]... [Handouts]... [Web links]...



Click the links below for Geochemistry course materials:

Current course syllabus - to view online, click [web]; to download to your computer, click [pdf]

Final revised course schedule (as of 11/4/05) - [web] [pdf]



[Week of 8/22] [Week of 8/29] [Week of 9/5] [Week of 9/12] [Week of 9/19] [Week of 9/26] [Week of 10/3] [Week of 10/10] [Week of 10/17] [Week of 10/24] [Week of 10/31] [Week of 11/7] [Week of 11/14] [Week of 11/21] [Week of 11/28] [Week of 12/5]

Lecture slides, in-class exercises, and problem sets
(View PowerPoints online or download and view with Acrobat Reader)

Introduction - Weds. 8/24
Nucleosynthesis and elemental abundances - Fri. 8/26

Chemistry of the Earth (in 50 minutes!) - Mon. 8/29
Chemistry refresher problem set - Weds. 8/31
Fri. 9/2 - Class cancelled....I know you're disappointed...please do the reading in preparation for next week



Mon. 9/5 - Labor Day holiday

Bonding and Substitution - Weds. 9/7

Thermobarometry problem set - Fri. 9/9


Acids and Bases I - Chemical reactions and equilibria - Mon. 9/12
Solubility product and ion activity product exercise - Weds. 9/14
Acids and Bases II - Weak acids and bases with a discussion of Ksp vs. IAP - Fri. 9/16


Solubility of salts and hydrolysis - Mon. 9/19
Ionic strength and the Dubye-Huckel theory relating activity to concentration - Weds. 9/21
More on ionic strength and the activity coefficient, and diagenesis - Fri. 9/23


Thermodynamics I - Mon. 9/26
Thermodynamics lab - Weds. 9/28
Thermodynamics II - Fri. 9/30


Mineral stability diagrams and chemical weathering of feldspars - Mon. 10/3
Chemical weathering of feldspars (last few slides from Monday) - Fri. 10/7


Mon. 10/10 - class cancelled

Analytical techniques and the atomic absorption lab - Tues. 10/11
Mineral stability problem set - Weds. 10/12
Redox reactions I - Fri. 10/14


Mon. 10/17 - class cancelled (I will be at the GSA meeting in Salt Lake City

Redox reactions II - Weds. 10/19
Chemistry of environmental remediation - Fri. 10/21


Radiometric dating - Mon. 10/24
U-Pb dating and data analysis using Isoplot - Weds. 10/26

Stable isotopes I - Mon. 10/31
Radiometric dating lab continued... - Weds. 11/2 Stable isotopes II - Fri. 11/4


Major elements - Mon. 11/7
Isotope geochemistry lab - Weds. 11/9
Trace and rare earth elements I - Fri. 11/11


Trace and rare earth elements II - Mon. 11/14
Isotope geochemistry lab continued - Weds. 11/16

XRD lab tour - Fri. 11/18


Class presentations - Mon. 11/21 and Weds. 11/23



Course evaluations and Radioactive waste disposal I - Mon. 11/28

Advising day - no class - Weds. 11/30

Radioactive waste disposal II - Fri. 12/2


Class cancelled this week - Go to the AGU meeting!


Class handouts, and other items from lecture:

Periodic tables



Web sites of interest:



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** Updated 28 November 2005 **